From 1993 to 2005 UFH acted as a collection system for cooling & freezing appliances according to the Austrian law then in force. In 2005 the UFH WEEE scheme was founded by the industry- and commerce-driven UFH Privatstiftung, a partner organisation of the Association of the Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industries (FEEI), to fulfil the requirements of the European WEEE directive. UFH, since August 2005, is divided into two companies:

  • UFH Elektroaltgeräte Systembetreiber GmbH (focusing on waste EEE)
  • UFH Altlampen Systembetreiber GmbH (focusing on waste lamps)

Since 2008 UFH also acts as a collection scheme for portable and industrial batteries.

Logistic system/Treatment partners

UFH has 33 logistic partners. Some of whom are municipal waste associations, others are private companies. The logistic partners of the system have to provide a regional collection point in each district of Austria (totalling 100) which they are responsible for. They have to collect WEEE from municipal collection facilities (>2.000) and to transport it to treatment partners within the system.

UFH has 18 treatment partners. They all have to fulfil and document high treatment standards.

Categories covered

LHHAfully covered
SHHAfully covered
IT&Tfully covered
CEfully covered
Lightingfully covered
Toolsfully covered
Toys/Leisure/Sportsfully covered
Medicalfully covered
M&Cfully covered
Autom. Disp.fully covered
Batteriesfully covered





System Manager:

Robert Töscher


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The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing 51 producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.

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